Position Opening: Assistant Virtual Trainee

November 15, 2017

The Assistant Virtual Trainee (AVT) is a trainee who has a strong desire to learn more about project management and the importance of engaging others to advance the mission of a national nonprofit and its broader network. The AVT will have designated responsibilities within the Virtual Trainee (VT)'s annual virtual map project that aims to highlight and connect the diverse and emerging leaders in the network. The VT and AVT will work together to maintain, sustain and evaluate the virtual map to ensure its relevance and success. Additionally, the AVT will help the VT brainstorm strategies on how to effectively communicate with trainees nationwide through a variety of web-based platform. Lastly, the AVT will have the opportunity to manage a project from start to end that helps brand AUCD: the t-shirt contest. The contest allows trainees to submit their own t-shirt design that will be worn at the Disability Policy Seminar, and by hundreds of Directors, Training Directors and trainees nationwide.

The AUCD AVT has the exciting opportunity to:

  • Develop their leadership and communication skills
  • Learn how to evaluate effectiveness of communication and outreach, and adapt strategies based on data collected
  • Work and collaborate with diverse stakeholders on webinars, in-person activities, and other initiatives
  • Connect with the broader AUCD Network while having a national impact on the disability field

The AVT position spans one Spring semester (January through May). The AVT receives direct supervision from the MCH Program Specialist, who is a full-time AUCD staff member. AUCD will provide a $500 stipend, as well as fund all appropriate travel costs and accommodations associated with attending the Disability Policy Seminar on April 23-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The primary responsibilities of the AVT include:

  • Attending a one-hour weekly check-in with the VT and AUCD Central Office staff 
  • Assisting the VT with generating and implementing new ideas for effective communication and connection between trainees at all Centers and Programs
  • Utilizing a variety of web-based platforms (e.g. social media, e-mail listservs, websites, and webinars) to share important information and engage trainees
  • Working with the VT on the virtual map, to include: participant recruitment, information dissemination, and evaluating its effectiveness/relevance on an ongoing basis
  • Assisting the VT in planning end-of-the-year activities (e.g. "End of the Year" webinar in April) for trainees
  • Overseeing the t-shirt contest before and during the Disability Policy Seminar, including managing the marketing, recruiting and selling activities.

To fill this position, AUCD is looking for a highly motivated current AUCD Trainee (LEND, UCEDD, Diversity Fellow or IDDRC) with strong communication skills and a desire to connect with other leaders on a national level during the Spring 2018 semester (January through May).


  • Capacity to work remotely from your home Center or Program for approximately 2-3 hours a week (some weeks will require more hours and others less)
  • Availability for one-hour weekly supervision during daytime business hours (i.e. 9:00am - 5:00pm ET)
  • Ability to attend the Disability Policy Seminar (April 23-25, 2018) in Washington, D.C.
  • Foundational knowledge of the AUCD network and a desire to learn more
  • Cultural and linguistic competence in interactions with colleagues and professionals from around the country representing a wide range of abilities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and cultural identities

Application ProcessInterested candidates should submit their application by visiting the application webpage, creating an account, and submitting the following items by Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:59pm EST:

  • Your resume or CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • A letter of interest that describes your motivation to serve in this role and how you will use the AVT position to expand your current skill set
  • A brief statement of support from your UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC Director or Training Director

If you have any questions or need additional clarification, please contact Christine Liao at [email protected] or 240-821-9462.

Apply Now

Apply for the Assistant Virtual Trainee position

Directors and faculty are encouraged to recommend eligible trainees to apply for this leadership opportunity and to allow the selected trainee to use the position as his/her leadership activity for the coming semester.